A grieving mother is calling on schools to make extra checks on students who don’t turn up at school.
Her two young daughters, Pearl and Iris, spent nearly 24 hours with the body of their father after his sudden death.
Helen Daykin was travelling for work when her husband Chris died of heart failure last year.
The girls, aged two and four, tried to wake up their dad.
When Chris didn’t answer his wife’s call that morning, she assumed he was busy preparing Pearl for her third week of school, shares Yahoo news.
It wasn’t until later that night when Ms Daykin’s mother found all the lights turned off and the milk outside that Mr Daykin’s body was found – with the shaken young girls cuddled up next to him.
Pearl’s school did try and contact Chris when Pearl didn’t show up but she said they should have called her too.
“Please go and ask your child’s school what their policy is on ‘First Day Calling’. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer, keep pushing them until you do,” she wrote on Facebook.
“If they can’t answer it means they don’t know. That’s not acceptable, push for a better response.”
A review of student absentee policies in Australian schools was ordered after an eight-year-old boy was found trapped and unresponsive in a car in Melbourne last year in scorching temperatures. His mum believed he was at school.
“The Victorian School Policy and Advisory Guide states if a parent does not contact the school to provide an explanation on the day of their child’s absence, the school must attempt to contact the parent of the student within three days of the absence, although many Catholic schools have shorter follow-up periods.”
ALL schools in Victoria will now have to notify parents of absent children as soon as practicable under a new government policy after the near-death of the young boy.
Just devastating! Our thoughts are with them all x
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